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Cortez Bank ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 2.8

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Cortez Bank Wind Stats

Wind Stats

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The figure illustrates how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions through a typical April. The biggest spokes point in the directions the wind most commonly blows from and the shade of blue indicates the strength, with the strongest winds shown by the darkest shade of blue. It is based on 3360 NWW3 forecasts of wind since since 2007, at 3hr intervals, for the closest NWW3 model node to Cortez Bank, located 16 km away (10 miles). There are too few recording stations world wide to use actual wind data. No doubt some coastal places have very localized wind effects that would not be predicted by NWW3. According to the model, the prevailing wind at Cortez Bank blows from the WNW. If the rose plot shows a nearly round shape, it means there is no strong bias in wind direction at Cortez Bank. On the other hand, dominant spokes show favoured directions, and the more deep blue, the stronger the wind. Spokes point in the direction the wind blows from. Over an average April, the model suggests that winds are light enough for the sea to be glassy (the lightest shade of blue) about 7% of the time (2 days each April) and blows offshore 8% of the time (3 days in an average April). During a typical April winds stronger than >40kph (25mph) are expected on 4 days at Cortez Bank

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.